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National Conventions 2012. “What are the functions of NCs?”. Republicans. Tampa Bay, Florida, w/c August 27 th What can YouTube tell us about the point of holding NCs? R epublican national convention 2012 - YouTube. Democrats. Charlotte, North Carolina, w/c September 4 th

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national conventions 2012

National Conventions 2012

“What are the functions of NCs?”

republicans
Republicans
  • Tampa Bay, Florida, w/c August 27th
  • What can YouTube tell us about the point of holding NCs?
  • Republican national convention 2012 - YouTube
democrats
Democrats
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, w/c September 4th
  • Again, a quick look at YouTube …
  • Democratic national convention 2012 - YouTube
purpose 1
Purpose 1
  • To nominate formally the party candidate.
  • Attended by the delegates who are (mostly) chosen during the primary season.
  • Traditionally a roll-call of the states.
  • Acceptance speech from the candidate.
  • Rarely seen anything like Obama ’08:
  • Clinton Stops Roll Call, Calls To Nominate Obama - YouTube
  • C-SPAN: Sen. Barack Obama\'s Full Speech to the DNC - YouTube
  • In reality, this was all decided way before the National Convention! Often by Super Tuesday!
purpose 2
Purpose 2
  • To choose the party’s vice-presidential candidate (running-mate).
  • Acceptance speech from the candidate.
  • Paul Ryan Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention (C-SPAN) – YouTube
  • But the actual announcement was made on 10th August, 19 days before his NC speech.
  • NB 2008 announcement of Biden by text.
  • NB 2008 surprise still possible!
  • Sarah Palin Acceptance Speech Highlights - YouTube
purpose 3
Purpose 3
  • To decide the party platform (ie manifesto)
  • Discuss the planks!
  • PJ O’Rourke “And the policy debate wouldn’t fill a bumper sticker!”
  • In effect already decided (and announced) by the candidate during the primary season.
so there must be other reasons to spend 136m
So there must be other reasons to spend $136m!
  • Purpose 4
  • Restore party unity
  • Losing candidates appear and speak
  • Hillary Clinton Speech At The 2008 DNC Convention Part 1 – YouTube
  • President Bill Clinton at the 2008 DNC – YouTube
  • Bill Clinton\'s Full DNC Speech - Elections 2012 – YouTube
  • Senator Rick Santorum - YouTube
  • Losing candidates “release” delegates to vote for the winner
  • NB 2008 Vote of acclamation
purpose 5
Purpose 5
  • Stage for future stars
  • DemConvention Speeches: Barack Obama – YouTube
  • 2012 Rising Stars?
  • Democrats – Julian Castro, Cory Booker
  • Republicans – Mia Love, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio
  • 4 Rising Stars From the Democratic, Republican Conventions
purpose 6
Purpose 6
  • Kick off the campaign!
  • Enthuse the party faithful
  • Enthuse the undecided
  • Hence the media-orchestrated razzamatazz
  • Measure success by “bounce”
  • How? Concert atmosphere, party stars, nominee and family and celebs
campaign rally
Campaign Rally
  • Balloon Drop At The Republican National Convention – YouTube
  • Clint Eastwood 2012 – YouTube
  • Senator Marco Rubio – YouTube
  • Eva Longoria DNC Speech Democratic National Convention 2012 – YouTube
  • Michelle Obama\'s full 2012 DNC speech - YouTube
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